MOTORING FILE. Driving Licence exchange,Importing Cars,Buying a Vehicle,TUV[MOT] Electric scoots ..ETC

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1A..Turkish Driving Licence Laws as from Jan 2016.

1B..Legalising /driving with a foreign driving licence in Turkey.

1C..School certificate requirements to obtain a Turkish Licence.

Name change on a Turkish licence due to marriage/Divorce.

1E..Licence requirements to drive a quad bike in Turkey.

1G.. Having your old licence returned to the country of issue.

1H..Using a Turkish licence to hire a car & drive in other countries.

1J..Updating an old style Turkish driving licence.

2..How to book a vehicle in for a TUV [MOT] test.

3.Bringing a car into Turkey…..[ General info.]

4..Importing a foreign registered car on a semi permanent basis for more than 2yrs [onto Turkish ‘M’ plates]

5..Exporting a previously imported vehicle that was re registered onto ‘M’ plates.

5A…Scrapping an imported car/scooter & one purchased in Turkey.


7..Electric scooter Laws.

8..Check for outstanding vehicular/road fines…

9..Taking the Turkish driving test.

10..How to buy a 2nd hand vehicle in Turkey…

10A…2nd hand car warranties from dealers/used car sites.

11..Tax Free Car Purchases..who can buy.

12.How to sell a vehicle in Turkey.

13..Motorway Toll to purchase.

14..Turkish traffic regulations & laws.  ROAD SPEED LIMITS.
List of fines for traffic violations.

15..Car/scooter road tax calculator & link to pay online.



18..Registering a TOW BAR after fitting.



From October 2018….In addition to Traffic Polis, all Police units and Jandama will now be able to fine drivers who do not abide by traffic rules.


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If a holidaymaker or entering Turkey with a [e]visa there is no need to have a foreign licence translated or noterised.
As a resident [RP holder] you can legally drive with a Foreign license but it must be translated & noterised.

If you spend more than 6 months a year in Turkey in one go, you need to either exchange your home licence & obtain a Turkish licence [ see subheadings 1C & 1D below ] ……

  • *or exit Turkey and take a day trip to a Greek island [the easiest & cheapest option for most people ] to gain another entry stamp in your passport , therefore still allowing you to drive on your translated & noterised foreign licence for another 6 months ,as per Article 88- (Amended with title: RG-17/4 / 2015-29329)  then the process must be repeated every 6 months.
    This is a LEGAL ‘workaround’ to those who may like to apply for a Turkish licence but cannot supply a schooling certificate from their home country.*
    This from the British Consulates office Oct 2018
    Consular staff in Fethiye has been in contact with local traffic police department. The Traffic department has confirmed that they do not fine British citizens driving with UK licences if they have been out of Turkey within the last 6 months.
  • ALSO,this from the National Trafik Polis website…


The official National Trafic Polis webpage…only in Turkish so use Google Chrome browser activating Google translate].
Scroll down the page to the heading….
‘ Yabancı Sürücü Belgelerinin Türkiye’de Geçerliliği ‘ [ Validity of Foreign Driving Licenses in Turkey]….then read under this sub heading.. b) 1 & 2…,
Yabancıların dış ülkelerden aldıkları sürücü belgeleri ile ülkemizde araç kullanmaları’..  [Foreigners driving vehicles in the country with the driver documents they receive from foreign countries]..
Which states…..Quote…
1..Driving documents from outside countries can be used for up to six [6] months from the date of entry into the country [Turkey] ..
2..At the end of a six month period , if you don’t get a new passport stamp it is obligatory to replace driver’s documents from foreign countries with Turkish driver’s license documents in order to use vehicles in our country.
If you are caught using a non-Turkish drivers license after 6 months from your last passport entry stamp, you will be fined 343TL. If your foreign license has expired [ remember UK card licences are only valid for 10yrs & paper ones valid till 70yrs of age] it will be confiscated and sent back to the issuing body.


This is a simple operation & takes barely 20 minutes at a Noters office.

Either take your translator or if you do not have one to  call on,just go to any Noters office & ask them to contact the Translator they use. The Translator will translate your licence then the Noter will noterise it,making it an official document. The cost for this will vary depending on local charges from the Translator & Noter,but should be around 150/170 tl maximum.[correct at April 2017]. The Noterisation last for the duration of the foreign licence.

You need an ‘A’ category motorcycle licence to legally ride a scooter/motorcycle over 50cc in Turkey. If you have only passed a test driving a car your  foreign licence does not allow you to ride a scooter or motorbike.


In addition,  some folk from the UK have asked about using the ‘driving license information’ or code from the DVLA . Acceptance of the information in this format, *which is not an official document*, will not be accepted. Neither will an I.D.P. [ International Driving Permit.]

It should be noted that driving in Turkey on a foreign licence & not obtaining an incoming passport stamp every 6 months is not just illegal,but in the case of having any  accident,[or at worst being blamed for  a fatality]  Turkish insurance companies are insisting that a copy of the foreigners passport & last entry stamp page be included with the claims documents. If it’s found that the passport stamp is out of date,the insurance will be invalidated .

In Turkey the family of a deceased can take court action and claim financial recompense for loss of anticipated future earnings of the family member lost in the accident , which could run into hundreds of thousands of Lira.



PLEASE NOTE,IT HAS BEEN CONFIRMED THAT A SCHOOL CERTIFICATE [ O level/GCSE ,collage/university..etc ] OR UNIVERSITY DIPLOMA NEEDS TO BE SHOWN BY APPLICANTS. [ just as they are for Turkish citizens who apply for a Turkish driving licence.].

This link may help those from the UK needing a copy of old school certificates..


The type of schooling certificate accepted seems to vary depending on the Polis officer who you deals with your application . So regardless of what others may say what was or was not accepted for them in their province,it is suggested you  call into the Polis station you intend to apply at and confirm before you start your application process they will accept the certificate you have. 

Polis officers will only accept a certificate of equivalence (denklik), which is where your certificate is sent to a Turkish Collage or University for a Turkish certificate to be issued of the same equivalence. If a Denklik is required ,this can take around a couple of months or more to be issued.

If showing a Diploma then the Denklik is issued by YÖK in Ankara.

If a schooling certificate is shown then the Denklik is issued by a lower schooling authority.

Bear in mind they see certificates issued from various countries,so may not be able to establish themselves if some are acceptable without them being checked by a Turkish University professor,hence the need for a denklik to be issued.



As of April 2nd 2018 Licence exchange applications are being dealt with by your local Nüfus ve Vatandaşlık İşleri Genel Müdürlüğü [NUFUS OFFICE. ] .
[ At present [2/4/2018] We can only give you an outline of the new procedure introduced today .

The amount of classes given on the exchange varies depending on the Polis officer assisting with your application,so check as the application is being made. You’ll only ever get at the most bike & car classes…..PSV & commercials are not offered at all. Once a licence is issued the classes cannot be changed.

First you must make an online appointment for the Nufus office via the link below..[Turkish only,so use Google browser & the translate service] . 

NOTE…As at 26 /4/2018 there appears to still be problems with the online appointment system accepting foreigners I.D. numbers [99****] . We have been informed that the Nufus offices will not see applicants unless they have made the online appointment. The I.T. tech’s are working on the system to accept Yabanci Kimlik Numbers,so just keep trying . But the 199 helpline is working & they *may* make an appointment for foreigners,or you can try just turning up at your Nufus office & wait to be seen without a pre booked appointment.


The Nufus offices  in some areas *may* want a copy of your home licence first to send off & have it checked before starting the exchange process. So make sure you take the original  with you & a photocopy.
There is no set time for the exchange process as it all depends on how swift your country’s  Driving Licence authority deal with the request…They will only require a copy, so you’ll keep your original licence for now.
If successful,when the paperwork if being sorted here & they then take your home licence from you,you will receive a temporary Turkish licence [just a sheet of paper] to allow you to drive here legally.This is valid for 15 days,by which time you will receive your new Turkish licence.
At present it’s suggested you check with the Nufus office what paperwork is required by them   [this can vary province to province]. DON’T start collating any paperwork or spending money on medical checks until you’ve seen them .
Also it would be wise to check with the Nufus office  what type of schooling certificate they want or will accept,as if you know you cannot show whats needed you may as well stop your application process there and then.

Below is a ‘guide list’ of what may be required .

The list below is from when applications were made via the Trafic Polis,now it’s to the Nufus,so until the process & documents required can be confirmed, the list below should only be used as a rough guide.
As of 3rd Jan 2019 please ad 23.73% to the fees shown below.
1 Photocopy of RP card
2 notarised translation of education certificate
3- 4 x biometric photos
4- Notarised driving license translation
5- Doctor’s report ..inform Doctor/Hospital you need checks for drivers licence[Approx 200tl]..if over 65 you may be required to have a hearing and eye test as well.
6- Blood type card
7- Criminal Record check ,from your local Turkish court. (free)
8- Red folder
9- 134.00  TL Licence fee [to be paid at the tax office]
10-  495.70TL for car type licence [ class B] paid at the tax office..[  tax for A1 or A2 motorcycle category: 164.40 TL]
11-  NEW OIV Tax  54.60tl.
12- Donation to Polis Foundation 25tl
13- Proof of address from Nufus Registry office [or the e-devlet website.]

Once you have completed the process of exchanging your foreign drivers license for a Turkish one, the authorities will retain your foreign drivers license and send it back to the issuing authority.

If the request made to DVLA is taking a very long time ,you can contact them to enquire on the progress  on the status of the checks being carried out,on   +44[0]300 790 6801.
Q. What happens when you leave Turkey and you want to have your drivers license converted back?:

A. You need to apply to the driver’s license issuing authority of your country for your licence to be re issued & return the Turkish one to your licencing authority.

Q. What is the situation for Foreign Driver License holders of Countries NOT Signatory to the Convention of Road & Traffic ?
A. According to the Turkish Traffic Police there is no conversion procedure and you must take the Turkish driving test.

Go here, ..& scroll down to
‘ HIGHWAY TRAFFIC to PARTY CONVENTIONS COUNTRY….Participating Countries ‘ find countries that are included in the Convention.

Name Change on a Turkish Licence due to Marriage etc..
 There is no need to change name to married name on any drivers documents, driving licence, car paperwork , insurance etc . If stopped by the traffic police they will only be interested in the 99*** yabanci number, and so long as the residency has been changed, everything is recorded into the married name.
Should you wish to change your name on your Turkish Licence the charge from the Notary who carry out this operation is around  140tl [ correct at Oct 2018].


1E]..*QUADS.. , a B1 CAR LICENSE is needed to  ride a Quad legally.*.
For those already holding a Turkish Licence,you have until 2020 to change to the new style 10yr validity card ,cost 15tl.

You need a ‘A’ category motorcycle licence to legally ride a scooter/motorcycle over 50cc in Turkey. If you have only passed a test driving a car your licence does not allow you to ride a scooter or motorbike.

1F]……The fine for driving with a foreign driving licence after 6 months or expired foreign licence is set at 343 TL for 2018.

1G ]..WITH REFERENCE TO HAVING YOUR LICENCE RETURNED TO YOUR HOME COUNTRY……….The UK licence card is the property of the DVLA[ for UK licence holders]. It is normal procedure for foreign authorities to abide by the rules and return the licence to the DVLA once another countries licence is obtained.
The DVLA state that on receiving your licence from the Turkish Authorities,a ‘marker’ is put on your file as to the reason your licence was returned to them,your licence card is then destroyed. If and when you return to the UK FULL TIME,you contact the DVLA who will take your Turkish licence from you & issue you with your new UK card .

1 H ].. HIRING A CAR ABROAD, a Turkish Driving Licence is accepted in most countries[ UK included]…you can drive in the UK for up to 12 months legally on a Turkish licence.

As of 2/4/2018…….For those with old style Turkish licences you need to make an online appointment .. 
Then go to your NUFUS office to make the application. New photos will also be needed .You will need to say to the photographer they are for Turkish licence to confirm  the correct size….


  • 1) Old driver’s license
  • 2) Identity card / Residence Permit +Passport or Advocacy ID
  • 3) Driver Health Report (Photographed)
  • 4) Receipt showing that the amount of 15 TL  has been deposited in tax offices or in the bank
  • 5) 2 photos (a biometric photographic image with 5×6 background white)
  • 6) Specify the blood group document or written statement.




This is the direct link to book a TUV Test….It’s suggested to keep it in Turkish [ & use Google Chrome browser with Google translate] & not change to English language,as you cannot make a reservation in the left side of the first page when in English mode.

NOTE…. on the first screen of the appointment site, after filling in your Plaka number , when inserting the ‘series number’ from your Ruhsat [[ eg…AZ 123456 ] do not include the letters ,just insert the numbers.

How Much is a Turkish vehicle test ? – (Prices for 2019)

Scooter, Motor Bike 142.78 TL

Cars, Vans, Mini-Bus & Trailers 279.96 TL

TUV [MOT].. Emission test 65tl.[scooters & m/cycles excluded]

The existing exhaust gas emission stamp and license will come to an end  as of January 1, 2018. Vehicles being measured will be recorded in the system with the photo recording and all measurement information will be “online” and monitored by the ministry.
As the measurements are recorded in the ministry’s electronic system, exhaust emission stamps and licenses will be phased out, so drivers will not have to carry extra documents.


For cars, motor bikes and scooters the 1st test from new is due 3 years after the cars manufactured [ not registered  ] date then every 2 years. Look in your Ruhsat & you will see two dates,one is the date it was registered to the owner,the earlier date shown above that is the date of manufacture…this is the date you start with for the 1st TUV test.

If you own a van or Kangoo,Doblo,Connect ‘people carriers’ etc,which are classed as commercials it will need a TUV test after one year then every year thereafter..

You will need the following documents:

The vehicle’s Ruhsat document [logbook].
Valid Third Party insurance certificate (trafik Sigortasi)
Emissions testing stamp if applicable to your vehicle.[Not reqd. for scooters & motorcycles]
proof of Motor Vehicle Tax
Residence Permit.

You will also need to ensure that you don’t have any tax or fines outstanding. You can do that at the tax office or online. The testing station has online access to the tax records so no paperwork needs to be produced. But it is not possible to proceed with the test if there are any outstanding debts [ road tax,fines etc.]

The test is comprehensive similar to the UK MOT & carried out to the German TUV standards.
If a vehicle fails the Test, owners have up to one[1] month to present the vehicle again to just have the failed items re tested Free of Charge…. Anytime after one [1] month & a full test will need to be carried out with the associated test fees.

If running on L.P.G. be prepared to have to change the L.P.G. tank [regardless of it’s condition] once it’s 10 years old.

*** As of Nov 2017…it is illegal for vehicles to have aftermarket window film tint fitted to the front side windows. Not only will the vehicle fail it’s test but if stopped on the road by the Traffic Polis it’s an automatic 250tl fine. Standard vehicle manufactures green tinted glass is acceptable.





TRAVELLING THROUGH TURKEY OR IMPORTING A FOREIGN CAR INTO TURKEY FOR A MAX. OF 2 YEARS.. on the temporary basis with your passport & visa or STRP ( left or right hand drive vehicle.)…

***.EXCEPT FOR a & b BELOW…….

a] From June 2018….Residents of European Union or European Free Trade Association (EFTA) member states can temporarily import their vehicle within scope of private use, for ONE month in a period of one year, even if they didn’t fulfill the condition of residing abroad for 185 days.
b]..The other exception to the 185 day rule is if the importer is retired,[with a pension] & it’s the first time they have imported a vehicle into Turkey,then the 185 day rule is waived.

FIRST PLEASE READ THIS. [ UK Passport holders] both for over 12 month export and page 2 for less than 12 month export….



3A]… INFO ON UP TO 2 YEARS IMPORTING RULES ….[ from Turkish customs ]

THIS LINK IS TO THE OFFICIAL  LAWS FROM THE TURKISH CUSTOMS WEBPAGE regarding importing a vehicle …read from MADDE 5 (ARTICLE 5)..only available in Turkish,so use Google browser with translate.

”Bringing your car as a visitor,..
You need to get a visa/permit for your vehicle on entry and you must ensure that you have all the documentation for your car e.g. vehicle registration papers in your name ,full insurance [ Turkish insurance can be purchased at the border,] and your driving licence.
A change in the law came in to effect on 13 October 2015 so you can now keep your car in Turkey for up to 2 years on your foreign plates.[ You will be heavily fined and even your car can be confiscated if you do not take your car out of Turkey at the end of 2 years]. In order to bring your car to Turkey for a second round of two years, both you and your car have to stay out of Turkey for at least 185 days from the date you exited Turkey”.

A very good Q & A page in English ,for up to 2yr importation,just read the top half of the page.

3B]..The cars full documents must be presented at the Turkish border. A letter of request is then prepared in Turkish requesting an ‘up to’ 2 year stay [ length of stay of vehicle is dependent on your visa/RP ] for car and signed and dated at Customs.
Only the named owners on the V5 & direct relatives ,children & parents can drive the car AS LONG AS THEY ARE NOT RESIDENTS OF TURKEY…

On entry to Turkey the Border Polis  will , [assuming you have not got residency but a visa]  – give you a max of 90 days. When you get your residency you then MUST go to your local customs office (gumruk) to get them to extend it to the expiry date of your RP .

To get the extension when you have your RP,  take:-

1. Car reg doc from home country
2. Proof of ownership (which car reg isn’t) – so bill of sale
3. Your passport
4. Your new residency card
5. Turkish insurance for the car.

There is no cost for this, but with most officers only speaking Turkish, it’s  best to take a Turkish speaker with you.


Turkish insurance, there are very few insurance policies from outside Turkey which are accepted (Saga in the UK do one, but it’s  expensive so buy at the border) – most you can buy on entry is 90 days cover [as per the visa duration] , so to extend when you get your  RP , you’ll need to go to any border & find the insurance office to buy what appears to be one of  only 2 policies available if you are a foreigner driving a foreign registered car – both of which are Gov’t policies and are sold by them under a special licence at the borders.


Turkish Citizens CANNOT DRIVE this car ,neither can any other foreigners. except the owners spouse who must also NOT  be a resident of Turkey.

3C].. It’s not possible to have the Turkish TUV test [in place of an MOT ] on a foreign registered vehicle.
3D].. HDI Turkish Insurance (green card) is compulsory and can be purchased at the border at the time you bring your vehicle into the country.

3E]..**GREEN CARD 3RD PARTY INSURANCE WHEN ENTERING TURKEY.**…………..You will need a Green Card Insurance,This can be purchased at the Turkish border….here’s the premiums for 2017 ..
[ Note:….GUN = day…….AY = month ].

.THIS ALSO FROM THE DVLA.. ….. If a UK registered vehicle is outside of the UK and its MOT has expired, then the only journey that the vehicle can make on entering the UK, is directly to a pre-booked MOT test.
You would need to contact your insurance company to see whether they would
require any action to be taken, and the Authorities of the countries that
you are travelling through to see what requirements they may have.
The UK does not recognise test certificates from other countries on UK registered vehicles..

3F ]..The owner can leave Turkey without the car but the customs at the departure point MUST be notified in advance of the travel & NO ONE can drive the car whilst the owner is abroad.

If the owner leaves Turkey WITH his/her vehicle before expiry of the 730 days, can he/she come back and use the remaining days?
No. Once the vehicle has been taken out of Turkey it must stay at least 185 days abroad before it can be brought to Turkey again. Likewise, the vehicle holder is only entitled to bring the vehicle in if he/she has spent at least 185 days abroad.

The owner can leave Turkey without the car but the customs at the departure point MUST be notified in advance of the travel . Time spent by the owner abroad does NOT extend the time the car can stay in Turkey. It is now possible by prior arrangement with Customs to leave the car at an address.  NO ONE can drive the car whilst the owner is abroad.

Question: If I re-export my vehicle without using the entire 730 days, How can I benefit from the remaining period?

Answer: You should reside abroad continuosly or discontinuosly more than 185 days within the last year for each entry to Turkey in order to benefit from the remaining period.

Question: I retired from abroad. I re-export my vehicle without using the entire 730 days. Do I have to stay abroad for 185 days to use the remaing period?

Answer: If the pensioners come back to benefit from the remaining period, the condition of residing abroad (185 days) is not required, their vehicles are allowed to enter Turkey.


IF YOU WISH TO KEEP YOUR CAR HERE FOR MORE THAN 2YRS, you will also need to in receipt of a private/state pension or Turkish Work Permit, then you will need to apply to Turk Touring to pay the import tax [VAT] ,be advised ,this might be as much as you paid for the car in your home country. [ The tax is calculated by the engine size and age of the vehicle. To enquire about this you will need to email or phone Turk Turing to find this out [ Turkish only].Their www. link is below.] This will allow you to put the vehicle onto Turkish foreigners [M ] plates,but should allow you to sell within Turkey if required.

A very good Q & A page in English, scroll down the page & read from this heading..’ TEMPORARY ENTRANCE CARNET FOR FOREIGN VEHICLES ‘….. Turk Touring Club Izmir no. is 0232-421-7149.

Link to enquire the import tax [VAT] element..

NB:- Turkish Touring association office in Antalya has moved to a smart new office in the old town since last year….about 100 yards from the clock tower in Kaleici…….new address is  Barbaros Mahallesi Mescit Sokak No:23 Kaleiçi Muratpaşa/ ANTALYA


– Valid residence permit, driving license and passport (originals and photocopies)
– Vehicle document as evidence that the vehicle belongs to the applicant.

– Receipt of delivery from the related Customs Authority (the vehicle will be examined  by the customs officers)
– Receipt proving payment of the required deposit (the Touring Club will inform you about the amount to be paid if you send an email to ,
– Application form filled out and signed by the applicant

– Translated and notarized document proving the retirement status, work permit or student card

On the website you will also find a sample bank letter. The receipt/bank guarantee must be in the name of the applicant.

The carnet fees in 2017 are:
365 TL up to 6 months
490 TL for one year
850 TL for two years

Once the customs formalities are finished you take the car back and have it registered at the Traffic Polis office responsible in your Province.

This is possible after it has been approved by the technical control (TÜV). You also have to obtain a registration form from the local Drivers Association and a traffic insurance policy. Once all paperwork is complete the Turkish number plate (for foreign owners) is granted.

When the Turkish number plate and the Turkish vehicle documents have been issued a copy must be sent to the Touring Club office to finally obtain the Blue Carnet.

Vehicles imported on a temporary base may only be used by the vehicle owner, & his/her spouse and children.


A) On cancelling the registration of the car at your Emniyet Müdürlüğü (police) they will give you a document. Its name “İlişik Kesme Belgesi” & at the same time they will they give you a temporary number [ plaka] plate. (You can use this plate to drive abroad.)
B) After then you will go to Customs. They will join the customs system and your the Blue Carnet exit stamp.
C) Finally you will send the ‘İlişik Kesme Belgesi’ and the Blue Carnet to Turk Touring . They will then send a letter to the bank to release your funds.
The above info came from this office Aug 2016…..
Ragıp KARAGÖZ Director Türkiye Turing ve Otomobil Kurumu Seyrantepe / İstanbul E-mail : Twitter : @ragipkaragoz Web :


5A ] Scrapping an imported car…scrapping a car/scooter purchased in Turkey…

If it’s wished scrap a vehicle that been imported to Turkey,rather than drive it out,then the vehicle needs to be cancelled from your passport Before your allotted time expires. If you leave it till past your allotted import time you WILL be fined heavily!.
First go to a Customs port office with your RP , Passport & vehicle documents and obtain a ‘petition of abandonment’ from them. From there be guided by them & see if you need to go to your local Polis Trafic Ofis.

If scrapping a car or scooter bought in Turkey, then go to your local Polis Trafic Ofis with your Ruhsat ,passport, RP & Plaka’s [Number plates] front & rear if a car. Then arrange with a scrap merchant to collect the vehicle if needed.


It is totally illegal for a Turkish citizen to drive an ‘M’ plated car/scooter. Any foreigner can drive a Turkish registered car as long as they have the correct licence & the car is taxed,mot’d & insured by the registered owner……………….

Regarding LEGALITY OF WHO CAN DRIVE AN ‘M’ PLATED VEHICLE….If in the RUHSAT [logbook] ‘Arac Tescil Belgesi ‘ , the vehicle was bought/registered to more than one foreigner,then lead name is in C1.1 & C 1.2 ,

Box Z1 has the names of the other registered owners .[if applicable]
If in box Z2 is typed… ‘ Arac Sahibinden Baskasi Kullanamaz ‘ then no one other than those listed as owners on the Ruhsat can drive it.
If in Box ‘Z2 ‘ is typed… ‘ Aracı sahibi ve aile fertlerinden başkası tarafindan kullanılamaz’ then only the owner and family members [of the same surname] can drive it.

If in box Z2 is typed…”araci sahibi, esi ve cocuklarindan baskasi kullanamaz”. This states ..”No one other than the owner of the car, his/her spouse and their children can drive” …. in these cases the family member not of the same surname must keep their passports with them as proof of identity.

If in box Z2 is typed… ‘Araç sahibi ve eşinden başkası kullanamaz’. This states the owner and spouse are both allowed to drive the car but NOT anyone else.



2017-05-29 14.02.17

Information gathered on the 11/4/2017 from 3 scooter sales shops a driving school in Bodrum , insurance brokers  & Dalaman Trafic Polis confirms the information below…
As electric bikes get more powerful Turkey enacted new safety regulations in 2014.
In Summary All electric bikes with a power output over 250watts  and/or with a higher maximum speed of 25 kph must be registered as a ”up to 49cc petrol m/cycle.”
This relates to the Turkish Driving Licence Laws & means the owner will need a valid Residence Permit,the scooter will have to be be registered [ Ruhsat] with number plates, insured ( but no road tax  ) , riders wear helmets . If the power of scooter less than 4 KW you need a M class [car] driving licence.  If power more than 4 KW you need an A class motorbike licence.
# Any moped/scooter with an output of under 250W & is capped with a maximum speed of 25kph or less does not need registering,insurance etc. & no Residence Permit or driving licence is required . #
The Official Notice……” With the amendment of Article 3 titled Definitions of Road Traffic Law No. 2918, (2918 sayılı karayolları Trafik Kanunu’nun Tanımlar başlıklı 3. Maddesi’nde) electric bikes with power over  250W  were accepted as motor bikes. Accordingly, electric bikes larger than 250W must be registered.,have Trafic Sigorta [3rd party insurance] . Therefore to register  & insure it a Residence Permit will be required.
Up to 250 Watts…….no licence or registration required.
 250 Watts  -to-  4K.Watts …Class  ‘M  Licence.[Car]
4 K.Watts+ …Class A Licence.[M/cycle]
Trikes which are popular with many are all around 800W output & top speed of 30kmph +,meaning they must be registered..
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2017-05-30 14.20.04







[ From October 2018….In addition to Traffic Polis, all Police units and Jandama will now be able to fine drivers who do not abide by traffic rules.]

For expats with cars in Turkey, here’s a quick way to discover whether you have clocked up any fines or outstanding car tax along the way…..First click on to: 

and you will face a form to fill in:

Plaka ….is Turkish for Number Plate

Özel Plaka. ….This you can leave blank

T.C. Kimlik Numarası veya Vergi Kimlik Numarası:…. Here you can enter your foreign ID number/kimlik number. This you can normally find on your Residence Permit.

Tescil Tarihi (Registration date): ….Date of the vehicle’s registration. This you can find in the vehicle’s blue log book.

Once these details are filled in, click and you will find out what car tax or fines are outstanding.

On the toolbar (as seen in the above) you can then click on the topics to find out more about historic car fines and car tax paid.

Mukellef Bilgileri:…. These gives the information about your vehicle.

Motorlu Tasitlar Vergisi: ….This provides info about outstanding car tax and when they should be paid

Ceza Bilgileri:…. These shows any fines outstanding on the vehicle

Tahsilatlar:…. Provides a full round down of fines and tax paid on the vehicle

Beyanli Trafik Cezasi Odeme:….. This enables you to pay vehicle tax and fines by credit card.
List of Road Traffic violations, codes & associated fines…..


This from a applicant taking the Turkish driving test in Nov. 2018
1. Apply to a driving school for a local course
2. Completed theoretical classes – 12 hours [covering first aid & roadcraft]
3.  The theory test is now done all on touchscreen in E-Sinav [theory] test . The test is in Turkish, but if you specify English, they give you a button to translate each question to English.
Latest list of questions [ as a guideline]..
4.  Practical driving lessons on the road.
5. Next step they will book an appointment  for practical drive test with an examiner.
6. When passed both theory & driving tests a Trafik Sertificasi is issued.
7. Then book Nufus online appointment and apply for your ehliyet (the plastic driver license) they will take your fingerprints electronically, and will need 1 photo and signature. They also need some proof of your blood type  + your school certificate….
See under sub heading 1D above for requirements & costs of obtaining the actual licence.]
The process takes 1.5 month approx .
Total costs will vary,depending on the driving school fees & number of driving lessons required,but expect a total of around 2000+tl [correct as at Nov. 2018]

.This from Elaine Nolan who took her lessons & test during December 2018 & Jan 2019 in Istanbul…

” I booked a course which I believe give you 10-15 hours of training. This course is mandatory . They gave me a theory book in English that was indecipherable, luckily I also speak Turkish so was able to work it out with both books.
To enrol in the course I needed my high school diploma translated, a health cert (got from the saglik ocagi), a Turkish criminal report (got online with my e-devlet password) and photos. This cost 1600tl.
I then did my e-sinav (theory test), it is done from centralised centres and it is online. I did mine in English, the question comes up in Turkish and you hit the translate option. The translation was better than I expected after reading the theory book but still not perfect. You get your result immediately on exit. This cost 75tl.
Then I did the actual driving test. I did one lesson with the school so I would know the course. It’s always done in the same location and this is the only driving route you will drive while you are doing your lessons, they basically teach you how to drive the driving course! It involves, hill start, parallel parking, reverse around corner and an emergency stop. The tell you the result immediately. This cost 150tl.
After this I paid 150tl to get a certificate from the school to say I passed.
You then apply for a appointment at the nufus mudurlugu and you need to bring certain documents, they are the same documents that you gave for enrolment and the course gave them back to me. The only extra thing was my blood group which I got from a local clinic (cost 20tl but my friend paid 50tl in a different place). Before you go to the nufus mudurlugu, you need to pay more – licence fee 603tl, card fee 166tl and vakit pays 30tl.”


10 ]…BUYING A CAR IN TURKEY………………First before committing to purchasing ,you should check the vehicles history. This can be done via your Turkish phone by text. Put in the vehicles registration number & send to 5664… this link [in Google Chrome for translation] & see what else you can check on the car/ bike.. 

Buying a car here is quite painless. If you buy new then the dealer will do all the running around for you.
If 2nd hand then you go to a Noters office with the seller & carry out the purchase there with a translator present. It seems customary for the buyer to pay all the fees,but that is really up to you both to decide.

The notary clerk enters all information (names and ID numbers of seller and buyer, vehicle registration details, agreed sales price) into the online (ARTES) system. Once all information is entered correctly, the system produces a sales agreement which is signed by both parties. Then, the system delivers a document with the new plate number, which entitles the buyer to have his number plates printed at the local Chamber of Drivers/Şoförler Odası (subject to a fee).
The system then prints the new car/motorbike papers. With this document, the new owner can purchase the compulsory traffic insurance,prior to obtaining the number plate[s] at the Şoförler Odası .

As the buyer you’ll need your passport[ +translated & noterised copy]

Valid Residence/Work permit, or now many Noters will accept just your 99**** Ikamet number, even if your RP has expired. [ This ‘may’  vary depending on the Noter,so check first if they insist on seeing a valid RP card or not.]

If buying from a Turkish Citizen, after completing the Noters paperwork you’ll need a new registration plate number,for that you go to your  local Chamber of Drivers/Şoförler Odası (subject to a fee) to have them made up .
If buying from another foreigner,the vehicle will already be on ‘foreigners plates[  MA>MB>MC…etc ] so will not need new plates after the sale.

When putting the car onto foreigners ‘M’ plates  only the persons  named on the Ruhsat ( logbook ) & spouse can legally drive the car & this can ONLY be family of the same surname , NOT friends .

# Please note it is 100% illegal for a Turkish citizen to drive an ‘M’ plated car/scooter.!

BE AWARE that if you put the cars’ Ruhsat into a Turkish friends name so it has ‘Turkish number plates & not ‘M’ plates allowing  anyone to drive it..the car IS NOT YOURS,and he can sell it without your permission and keep the money!!. Just like a Tapu,if it’s not in your name,you are not the legal owner.!

It is not possible to have a Ruhsat in joint names with a Turkish citizen.

.As of 2/4/2018 , the Noters office [not Trafic Polis] will deal with issuing new registration plate numbers [ Plaka ] if required.

10A ] …Buying a used car from a Dealer  / used car site.

Stated at Sept 2017,a new law to safeguard buyers  to soon be introduced.

For vehicles under 8 years old, with less than 160,000 kms  an ‘ Oto Expertiz  Rapor ‘ must be shown to buyers. This will identify the vehicle as found on the Ruhsat documents, the model, confirm the mileage , no. plate, fuel type, engine and chassis number, painted and changed parts must be indicated etc….. Warranties must also be given for the engine & the transmission for 5,000 km or a period of 3 months whichever comes first.

This applies to car sales & private sellers who sell more than 3 cars a year.
There are already many Oto Expertiz workshops springing up in most towns,ready to carry out the checks & issue a report.



Before considering this option,applicants must be in education, hold a Work permit or be retired [ holding a state pension paper from your home country].

In this link,look at the list of topics down the right hand side of the page & click on your required topic.


Before selling check via sub heading 8]   above that there are no outstanding fines attached to the registration number. Vehicles/scooters cannot be sold until ALL outstanding fines are paid,this includes any road tax unpaid.

Same system as buying,  but you don’t need a valid RP as long as you still know your Yabanci Kimlik Number [ 99******]. If you sell your ‘M’ plated vehicle to another non Turkish citizen then they will keep the same number plate.

You can sell it to a Turkish Citizen,but they will need to change the plates ,immediately, removing the ‘M’ plates on purchase.

Road tax is due in January & June ,or you can pay for the whole year in January. TUV Test ( MOT ) is every other year as is emissions test,unless you own a van or Kangoo,Doblo,Connect etc,which are classed as commercials and need tests annually( also the maximum speed limit allowed is lower). Insurance …You must have 3rd party Trafic Sigorta which is compulsory, if you want fully comprehensive ( Kasko) then you purchase that on top if the basic 3rd party cover.. Here is the link for the road tax calculations.…



Generally, motorway tolls in Turkey are dealt with electronically and you will not have to pay in cash at the time. Rather, you must enroll in the HGS automatic toll system so that you have an electronic-chip sticker or toll transponder mounted on the upper middle of your windscreen. This applies to privately owned Turkish cars, non-Turkish cars and rentals alike.

HGS stands for “Hızlı Geçiş Sistemi”, literally “Fast Pass System”. The toll will automatically be charged to your HGS account. If you do not have an HGS account, the car’s owner will receive a fine, usually ten times the applicable toll.

You can enroll in the HGS system at the PTT [post office], banks or at some Shell service stations, as well as add credit to your HGS account (minimum 50TL). To buy the sticker initially is 7.50tl for the card + 50tl credit.

To enroll in HGS, you will need original versions and copies of the vehicle registration, your passport and residence permit. If you have not registered, you will usually be able to choose a secondary road to avoid the toll.


To Check Your balance & Top Up Your HGS Card….from the Google app. store.


List of Toll Bridges / Roads & Motorways… …   [open this in Google Chrome for automatic translation]

14 ]…VEHICLE & TRAFFIC REGULATIONS….[ open in Google Chrome to use ‘translate’.



Speed limits are..KPH..
….Town…… road………dual carriageway……….motorway.

……..50 ……………90……………………………100……………………….120
People carriers, Doblo, Ford Connect, Renault Kango etc


Fines for traffic violations 2018.
Re Tax increases from 3rd Jan 2019, add 23.73% to the figures shown below.

City/town speed limit 50 km
* 55 km-65 km: 235TL fine
* 65 km-75 km: 488TL fine 
* Over 75 km: 1002 TL fine

If the Speed ​​limit is 80 km at the desired location
* 88 km-104 km 235 TL fine
* 104 km-120 km 488 TL fine
* 120 km and up 1002 TL fine

Out-of-town two-way road = 90 km
* 99 km-117 km 235 TL fine
* 117 km-135 km 488 TL fine
* 135 km and up 1002 TL fine

Out-of-town route [dual carriageway] = 110 km
* 121 km-143 km 235 TL fine
* 143 km-165 km 488 TL fine
* 165 km and up 1002 TL fine

Highway (Motorway) speed is 120 km
* 132 km-156 km between 235 TL fine
* 156 km-180 km 488 TL fine
* 180 km and up 1002 TL fine

People incl. passengers without seatbelts: 108TL fine per person,

Talking on mobile phone while driving: 235 TL

First time stopped for driving with excess alcohol: 1,002TL,
Second time 1.256 TL,
Third time 2.018 TL

Refuse to blow alcohol meter 2,869 TL,

Uninsured vehicle use 108 tl + Insurance discount in the year of the policy.
No TUV [ MOT]..: 235 TL + 10 penalty points
Use the vehicle in opposite direction: 2000TL

Driving through a red light: 236 TL
3 times, driving license banned for 15 days.
6 times, 30 day driving license ban
7 times, 45-day driver’s license ban

Violation of parking : 109TL


15 ]…VEHICLE ROAD TAX …2019..
1..Car  2.. Scooter / M/Cycle
car tax

Road tax is due every January & July, it is possible to pay for the whole year in January,But if paying in July you can only pay till the end of the year [6 months].

Tax can be paid at your local Tax office or via most Turkish banks, also online from this link..[ only available in Turkish,so use Google translate if possible]
On that site,click on the top line.. Motorlu Taşıt Sorgulaması ve Kredi Kartı ile Ödeme

[ Motor Vehicle Inquiry and Payment by Credit Card.]..
You can only pay online if you hold a Turkish card from one of the Banks listed below on that page.
Filling in the online payment form..
Plaka…Your registration number

Özel Plaka….ignore this…

T.C. Kimlik Numarası veya Vergi Kimlik Numarası*…….in the left box insert your Kimlik [RP number..99****]

Tescil Tarihi….the date YOU purchased the vehicle [if 2nd hand] date taken from the Notery paperwork.




also this from June 2016……Edward Smiles……. I have taken my Turkish car back to Scotland on 4 occasions. You need vehicle registration document, passport and RP to leave Turkey. Driving licence, passport and green card insurance to enter Greece/Bulgaria. At UK Border in Calais for Eurotunnel, passport and green card insurance. You may be asked to complete a C110 which confirms you are exempt from UK VAT and Customs Duty but I have never been asked to do so. Toll roads in Greece, Italy and France. Sticker at the border for Switzerland. Pre-paid road tax online if you go overland through Hungary. Pay at the border for Bulgaria.




18..How to register a Tow bar after fitment.

Unlike many other countries it’s not possible to fit a Tow bar to a vehicle and just drive off….it must be checked, registered & recorded in your Rushat.

The following relates to the Mugla province,but will be similar anywhere in Turkey.


First you need to get a certified agency to redraw the schemes of your car. check at your dealership or wherever you had the tow bar fitted to see who will do this locally .These new drawings need to be taken to the ‘Ticaret ve Sanayi Odası’ in your area where they will approve them and you pay a small amount for them to get stamped.

After that, you need to get everything notarized and take your files to the Traffic Police for another approval. Then you drive your car to TÜV Türk [ MOT Station] for a check and you’re done.